Alright guys. I think it’s pretty safe to say that navigating through the working world isn’t super-easy and isn’t really fun all the time.
There are tons of rules and so many different personalities that we have to deal with, so having a super-successful career isn’t something that’s just handed to you.
You have to work at it.
You have to work your butt off, really.
But eventually, and with some help, it’s something that’s totally achievable.
So I sat down and put together a list of big career mistakes that we should try to avoid.
A lot of these come from straight-up personal experience, so I’ve learned a lot of these the hard way.
Learn from these career mistakes and don’t make them yourselves!
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55 Biggest Career Mistakes of Your Life:
- Assuming that you know everything
- Forgetting to network
- Not being prepared for meetings
- Ignoring the value of business cards
- Engaging in office drama
- Arriving to meetings late
- Not asking for more work when you’re bored
- Being satisfied doing the minimum amount of work necessary
- Not sharing your career goals with your leader
- Not reading up on your industry
- Forgetting to make a LinkedIn page
- Over-sharing personal stories at work
- Burning bridges when leaving a job
- Dressing unprofessionally
- Not proof-reading your e-mails
- Believing that you’re going to be a VP right out of college
- Not seeing the value in entry-level positions
- Not learning from your mistakes and failures
- Failing to seek out a mentor
- Thinking that once you choose a job field, you’re stuck with it forever
- Not keeping an updated resume at all times
- Failing to join associations and groups pertaining to your industry
- Being a negative person
- Not taking initiative and turning down all new projects
- Forgetting to thank people who help you
- Not asking for help when you need it
- Not speaking up when you’re overwhelmed with your workload
- Trying to convince yourself that you love your job when you don’t
- Overestimating your abilities and not being honest about them
- Turning down training courses
- Not keeping track of all your accomplishments
- Making career decisions for anyone other than yourself
- Not actively looking for a job when you’re not happy with the one you have
- Thinking that it’s too late in life to change careers
- Making premature judgements of others
- Over-promising results, and then failing to deliver
- Not having a system for managing e-mails
- Failing to understand when and how you’re most productive
- Assuming that everyone around you thinks the same way you do
- Failing to accept diversity as an asset to your team
- Not caring how your actions affect other people
- Having an emotional IQ of zero
- Not asking questions
- Making decisions that impact others without consulting with them first
- Believing that you need to be an a-hole to be taken seriously
- Taking jobs just for the money
- Not sharing your knowledge with others
- Letting your ego guide your decisions
- Not thinking big-picture
- Complaining about problems instead of offering solutions
- Failing to embrace change
- Letting new technology intimidate you
- Not pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone
- Failing to give yourself time to re-charge
- Not standing up for what you’re worth
Any others?! Feel free to share your thoughts below!
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